Maureen Henderson and Gerry Dinneen have overseen the Academies review process for this report. Appointed by the National Research Council, they were responsible for making certain that an independent examination of this report was carried out in accordance with institutional procedures and that all review comments were carefully considered. Responsibility for the final content of this report rests entirely with the authoring committee and the National Research Council.

STRUCTURE

Following this preface, Part I of this report presents an introductory overview of the conference presentations and the papers. Part II elaborates on the new needs and opportunities in Biotechnology and Information Technology. Part III presents the Findings and Recommendations, which are the collective responsibility of the Steering Committee. Part IV summarizes the Conference Proceedings, setting out the views of the conference participants. Finally, Part V presents four related studies, which, though subject to NRC editing, remain the responsibility of the authors.

This report’s goal is to advance our understanding of the new needs and opportunities arising in biotechnology and information technology and to ensure that a strengthened national commitment in biotechnology is not compromised by inadequate investments in the disciplines and technologies required to make that commitment a reality.

Gordon M.Moore William Spencer Charles W.Wessner



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